8 days in Thailand Itinerary

8 days in Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Thailand holiday planner

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Bangkok
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Pattaya
— 1 night
Fly
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Phuket Town, Phuket
— 2 nights
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Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bangrak, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
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Ko Pha Ngan
— 1 night
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Ferry to Bangrak, Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
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Bangkok

— 1 night

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Wat Saket, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, and finally steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), then admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and finally explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Bangkok is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Indochina Time is 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December; daily highs in Bangkok reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Pattaya.

Things to do in Bangkok

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Pattaya

— 1 night

Resort City

Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Sanctuary Of Truth, step off the mainland to explore Koh Larn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha Temple, and finally make a trip to Walking Street Pattaya.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pattaya trip builder.

You can take a shuttle from Bangkok to Pattaya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Pattaya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Phuket Town.

Things to do in Pattaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Phuket Town, Phuket

— 2 nights
The economic hub of the eponymous island, Phuket Town attracted merchants from China, India, and Portugal long before it became a tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), enjoy the sand and surf at Karon Beach, browse the different shops at Jungceylon, take a memorable tour with Tours, then don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and finally get in on the family fun at Football Crazy Golf - Phuket. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Big Buddha Phuket, stop by Suit Master, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, and finally hunt for treasures at Malin Plaza Patong.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Phuket Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pattaya to Phuket Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Phuket Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Phuket Town

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Ko Pha Ngan

— 1 night
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn and have fun at C&M Learn Thai Culture, enjoy the sand and surf at Salad Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then relax in the rural setting at Purina Sheep Farm, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ko Pha Ngan route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Phuket Town to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ko Pha Ngan are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Classes · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Chiang Mai

— 2 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, learn the tricks of the trade with Siam Rice Thai Cookery School, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally admire the striking features of Wat Chiang Man.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chiang Mai, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Phuket travel guide

3.9
Pearl of the Andamans
Thailand's largest island, Phuket lures both die-hard divers and casual beach lovers interested in spending most of their time basking in the sand and munching on local delicacies. Picturesque lagoons and an abundance of modern amenities may be the main incentive for a Phuket vacation, but you can find plenty of other things to do here once you get your fill of sun and sand. Away from the busy waterfront, the island boasts many gardens, Buddhist temples, museums, and aquariums that deserve a top spot on any traveler's Phuket itinerary.